Happy New Year!
It's so lovely that you want to write your next novel on the Emerald Isle. I hope it will spark your creativity.
Maybe you could have a look at places that inspired
Irish writers and poets? For example, Sligo
is known for its link with Irish poet W.B. Yeats, while James Joyce and Dublin
go hand in hand.
If you are looking for a place that is relatively affordable and not too remote, I would look for a mid-sized city. Perhaps Westport
in County Mayo, Sligo town, Ennis in County Clare, Limerick or even Derry-Londonderry
. The possibilities are endless. You would also have access to the neighboring coastline for further inspiration.
I hope this helps, let us know if you have further questions,